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New measures for developers to drive construction productivity improvements

Monday, 10 March 2014

- Firms with good productivity track records will have greater advantage when tendering for government construction projects

Singapore, 10 March 2014 - As the key driver of building projects at the top of the construction value chain, developers have a greater role to play in driving construction productivity by setting the direction in adopting productive technologies. Therefore, new measures such as requiring the use of productive technologies for selected Government Land Sales (GLS) sites are aimed at getting more developers to adopt new technologies and lead the demand for such technologies.

From the second half of this year, the use of Prefabricated Bathroom Units (PBUs) will be mandated for all residential GLS sites, to drive greater adoption of the technology which is able to reap manpower savings of about 60%. More than 14,000 of such bathrooms, which are fully fitted out in factories before being assembled on site, have been adopted in more than 20 private residential projects since 2005. The adoption of new productive technologies such as Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) and Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) will also be required for some suitable GLS sites (please refer to Annex A (360KB .pdf).

In addition, a minimum percentage of prefabrication level will be set for Industrial Government Land Sale projects starting from the second half of this year.

To encourage private developers to adopt new productive technologies, incentives will be given to those on non-GLS projects and those who are going beyond the requirements for GLS projects. More details will be announced later.

To further boost productivity and promote easier-to-build building designs and labour-efficient construction methods, certain types of new projects will also be required to adopt a range of pre-determined standardised floor heights and building components such as precast staircases, precast refuse chutes and doors from September this year. All residential non-landed developments will have to use drywall for internal partitions except for wet areas such as bathroom and kitchen areas. Requirements on buildable designs and use of labour-efficient construction methods will also be raised progressively to achieve greater productivity improvements (refer to Annex B (42KB .pdf)).

"Buildings can be completed faster with the use of these productive technologies. When pushing for the adoption of productive technologies such as drywalls, PBUs, PPVC and CLT, we look beyond just labour efficiency. We also consider if they can help to reduce dis-amenities to residents living near the construction site. As these technologies involve a large extent of off-site production before they are assembled on site, we can expect less noise and dust during construction," said Dr John Keung, CEO of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).

To ensure that developers take greater ownership in implementing buildable design and use of labour-efficient construction methods, appropriate enforcement action may be taken against developers whose projects deviate from the approved plan (refer to Annex B (42KB .pdf)).

The Government will also be taking the lead in driving productivity. Key Government Procurement Entities (GPEs) will be formulating their own productivity roadmaps and adopting the national productivity target of 2% to 3% productivity improvement per year.

The tender evaluation for consultancy and construction of government projects will also further recognise progressive firms with good track records in adopting productive construction designs and methods. A higher productivity weightage will be accorded under the tender evaluation framework. More details will be announced later.

 

Footnotes

Productive technologies (360KB .pdf)

Buildability (42KB .pdf)

Portable document format version of the media release is also available (414KB .pdf).

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